Paul is a partner in our Corporate team based in the Leeds office and heads our Private Equity team in the UK. Paul trained with the firm, qualifying in 2005 and being appointed as a partner in 2013.

    Paul’s particular expertise covers all types of corporate work, in particularly private equity and mainstream mergers and acquisitions (both locally and internationally). On the corporate side, Paul’s clients range from owner managers to PLCs and on the private equity side, Paul covers all aspects of such transactions ranging from advising management teams and/or the shareholders to advising the private equity house and/or the company.

    Paul’s particular style is “client first” in all aspects and he displays huge commitment and drive to deliver for his clients. Clients told Chambers UK that Paul “is amazingly client-focused. He manages our expectations very carefully and is an excellent project manager.”

    Throughout his career Paul has been fortunate enough to receive certain awards. He was named “Rising Star” at the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards in 2009 and was further recognised in both 2013 and 2015 as the Emerging Dealmaker at the Insider Yorkshire Dealmaker Awards.

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    • Acting for the management team of Callcredit Information Group Limited on the management buy-out by Vitruvian Partners and acting for Callcredit on the subsequent acquisitions of the entire issued share capitals of process benchmarking limited, Latitude Digital Marketing Limited, Tenant ID Limited and Lifestyles Online Limited, acting for the shareholders on the secondary management buy-out backed by GTCR and acting for the management team on the disposal to TransUnion.
    • Acting for the shareholders and management team of Team17 Digital on the management buy-out back by LDC and acting for Team17 on its subsequent AIM IPO.
    • Acting for Growth Capital Partners on the management buy-out of Cooke Optics Limited and acting for the shareholders of Cooke Optics Group Limited on the subsequent disposal to Caledonia Investments.
    • Acting for the management team of De Poel on the management buy-out backed by Tosca and Santander and advising the management team on the subsequent disposal to Geometric Results, Inc.
    • Acting for SIG plc on the disposals of its Carpet and Flooring business to Endless and its Building Plastics and Windows business to GAP.
    • Acting for Principle Global Limited on the board and shareholding restructure supported by Pricoa and the subsequent acquisition of Underline S.p.A.
    • Acting for the management team of Eve Trakway Limited on the primary and secondary management buy-outs, as well as acting for Eve Trakway on its subsequent acquisitions of the business and assets of Rola-Trak Limited and the entire issued share capitals of Fluid Event Interiors Limited, Vincehire Limited, Anglia Traffic Management Group Limited and Exportgala Limited, and acting for the shareholders on the subsequent disposal of the company to Ashtead Group plc.
    • Acting for the sellers and management team of Volvox Group Limited on the secondary management buy-out backed by Elysian Capital and acting for the shareholders on the disposal to Rubicon Partners.
    • Acting for the shareholders of Technique Business Systems Limited on the disposal to Electronics For Imaging, Inc.
    • Acting for Panoramic Growth Equity on the management buy-outs of DW Plastics Limited and Photonic Solutions Limited.
    • Acting for H2 Equity Partners on the management buy-out of GBUK Group Limited and acting for GBUK Group Limited on the subsequent acquisition of Intervene Group Limited.
    • Acting for the shareholders of Zigma Ground Solutions on the disposal to Checkers Industrial Products, LLC.
    • Acting for the shareholders of Sirdar on the disposal to BlueGem Capital Partners.
    • Advising the management team of Smoothwall Limited on the management buy-out backed by Tenzing.

    Education

    • Nottingham Law School, L.P.C.
    • University of Leicester, LL.B.

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2005
    • Recommended in Chambers UK 2018 for Corporate/M&A – Mid-Market & Private Equity, Yorkshire.
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for M&A – mid-market, £50m-£250m; Corporate and commercial.

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